METGE establishes more new community tree nurseries 

The newest community nursery established by METGE and managed by one of its implementing partners, Share and Opportunity Uganda (SAO), is Bukhadala nursery in Murumba Village, Hajonga Parish, and Manafwa District.

METGE continues to extend the tree planting programme to communities that willingly embrace tree planting. 

In many cases it is communities that ask METGE to establish a tree nursery to enable farmers to have easy access to seedlings. For the new nursery the land was offered by the nursery operator himself who is going to be in charge of it.  

For METGE it is always a pleasure to locate nurseries where there is demand and community leadership because this gives farmers the incentive to nurture and manage their nursery.

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The new nursery site Bukhadala under our Implementing partners Share an opportunity Uganda.

According to the assistant project officer at SAO, Mr Simon Wayaka, they surveyed the area where there is high demand for trees and identified Murumba village. 

 “There was no nursery near this village, yet they wanted to plant trees. Such communities give us more confidence because they take on something they are really passionate about,” he adds.

“When we find uncooperative communities we have no option but to withdraw the nursery from such a community. Puwa nursery bed, Walinga 1 village, Puwa parish, Manafwa District, was closed because the people around it did not live to the expectations of why the nursery was established.  They did not bear in mind the value for money because the tree seeds are procured and have to be nurtured for people to pick and plant.  We cannot force people to plant trees. But those who know the benefits of tree planting know why it is important to nurture tree seedlings ready for planting,” he says.

In his own words the new nursery operator Mr Wandeba Joseph says, “We are very happy for this tree planting initiative that has been extended to our community and I have offered a portion of my land on which we should have our nursery bed and people come for tree seedlings.” 

“I am willing to serve the community in regards to ensuring high quality tree seedlings are nurtured and distributed to the communities. I have now taken on this obligation to help my community plant trees and all this will largely depend on how I will manage the tree seeds,” Mr Wandeba says.

Mr Joseph Wandeba the nursery operator of Bukhadala Nursery site receives equipment to assist him to take care of the tree seeds to germinate to seedlings. 

In his own words the new nursery operator Mr Wandeba Joseph says, “We are very happy for this tree planting initiative that has been extended to our community and I have offered a portion of my land on which we should have our nursery bed and people come for tree seedlings.” 

“I am willing to serve the community in regards to ensuring high quality tree seedlings are nurtured and distributed to the communities. I have now taken on this obligation to help my community plant trees and all this will largely depend on how I will manage the tree seeds,” Mr Wandeba says.

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Community members assist in preparing the new nursery site.

In his own words the new nursery operator Mr Wandeba Joseph says, “We are very happy for this tree planting initiative that has been extended to our community and I have offered a portion of my land on which we should have our nursery bed and people come for tree seedlings.” 

“I am willing to serve the community in regards to ensuring high quality tree seedlings are nurtured and distributed to the communities. I have now taken on this obligation to help my community plant trees and all this will largely depend on how I will manage the tree seeds,” Mr Wandeba says.

According to Chairman of Murumba Village, Mr Opuria Robert, “As leaders we are impressed by the tree planting programme initiative in our area offered by METGE” 

“We are glad that a nursery has been located nearer to us. We used to see some of these nurseries in other villages. We did not know how to tap into this tree initiative. It is upon us to guard our nursery very well to serve its purpose,” Mr Opuria says.